Worldwide Consortium for the Grid (W2COG) Research Initiative Phase 1 Final Report
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"OSD provided $1.6M, and allowed eighteen months, for the W2COG research initiative to learn and apply lessons from the world of "open" e-business on the worldwide web to accelerate GIG development. Compared to a typical DoD Think Tank "study", W2COG more than returned value of OSD's investment by delivering a number of successful process pilots for: 1. Rapid (30-60 day), low cost (10s of $K), objective, expert, industry analysis of net-ready issues; 2. Community of interest (COI) for "semantic data strategy"; 3. Rapid demonstration, validation, and fielding of bundled interoperable "net-ready" edgeof-the-GIG network components. These pilots performed by the members of a functioning community of international government and industry experts proved the hypothesis that an "open" e-business approach can team mutually motivated government and industry partners in ventures to find accelerated "good enough" paths to GIG functionality. Recommendations are for W2COG sponsors and their constituents to harvest the benefit of their success by using W2COG institute; honest broker, to evaluate, validate and verify capability; risk mitigation and low-cost, rapid turnaround on concepts, pilots, and prototypes; certify and deploy reference implementations via consumable model; "netcentric productivity metrics"; semantic data strategy.
The views expressed in this report are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.Prepared for: Office of the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Undersecretary for Advanced Systems and Concepts, Assistant Secretary of Defense of Network Information Integration, Office of Force Transformation, and the Defense Advanced Research Project Office
NPS Report NumberNPS-96-06-001
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